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Smallest Letter


The Letter Yod (Yud) (י), the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph-Bet) with a numerical value of 10, is the smallest letter of the Hebrew language. Little strokes on the letters helped to identify the difference between the letters. Misplacing a minor point on a letter could make a distinct sense. For example, the Hebrew letters shin (ׁש sh) and sin (ׂש s) look similar but are different in meaning depending on the position of the stroke. Therefore, the Scribes were extremely vigilant in writing and copying such letters. If a mistake happened in transcribing, they could destroy the whole sheet. Jesus, when using this common phrase of the time, meant that he was careful in preserving even a minute element of the law.

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